The WISE Conference 2019 Guest Speakers

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MICHELLE MERHAR

Michelle Merhar is a former FOX 26 Anchor and Traffic Reporter now staying home with her three young children. Michelle worked on the FOX 26 Morning Show for seven years and prior to television was an on-air personality on the Newsradio 740 KTRH Morning Show for four years. An interest in broadcasting began during her college years spent at Texas State University-San Marcos while working at the university’s radio station. She is a Houston native and graduated from Klein High School in Spring. Michelle’s full-time job now entails raising her three children: Abigail (6), James (5) and Joseph (3). Her husband, Danny works in the financial industry, and they all reside in Spring with their two dogs and frog. Michelle enjoys working out, running, and spending time with family.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

JESSICA BUCHANAN

Humanitarian Aid Worker
New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author

On October 25, 2011, while serving as a humanitarian aid worker, Jessica Buchanan and a Danish colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali land pirates and held for 93 days, enduring the most harrowing and painful experience of her life. On the day of her kidnapping, she silently said to herself, “Some do come out alive, the numbers are small but they do exist.” During her captivity, she was terrorized by her captors, held outdoors in a scrub desert and kept on a starvation diet. With her health steadily deteriorating her husband, Erik Landemalm, was furiously working behind the scenes with the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government in negotiating her release. READ MORE…

PANELISTS

DANIELLE SCHEINER

Executive Director
Conroe Economic Development Council

As Executive Director of the Conroe Economic Development Council, Danielle is responsible for marketing Conroe to new and expanding businesses. She received a B.S. from Texas A&M University and is a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED). Danielle is a graduate of both Community Development Institute (CDI) and OU Economic Development Institute (EDI). She was recently named a Top 50 Economic Developer in North America by Consultant Connect (a nomination made by industry peers).  READ MORE…

LAURA LEA PALMER

Laura Lea Palmer, CEcD, Senior Vice President of
Business Recruitment & Retention
The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership

Laura Lea Palmer was brought on board in January of 2011 to serve in the role of Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion. In this role Laura Lea is responsible for maintaining existing relationships with businesses in the community, as well as assisting them with their employee recruitment, and development, expansion of space as needed, and providing demographic/labor market profiles when appropriate.  READ MORE…

ROBIN ROBERTS, CH

The Mind Powers…
Brilliant Speaking

Robin Roberts holds a Bachelors of Science in Business from the University of New Orleans and a Certification in Hypnosis from the National Guild of Hypnotists. As an entrepreneur, Robin began her hypnosis practice in 2007 after qualifying as a Certified Consulting Hypnotist. In the ensuing years she has seen over a thousand people, assisting them with life changes in a variety of areas. READ MORE…

LORIANNE REEVES

LoriAnne Reeves, MA has a unique set of skills and experiences that combine to give her clients fast business growth, lasting transformation in leadership and organizational development. READ MORE…